Hermitage R-IV School Board Meeting

February 23, 2021

The Hermitage R-IV Board of Education held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 6:30 PM. The meeting began with the 2021-22 Calendar Hearing. Then, superintendent, Dr. Justin Yates provided building updates currently affecting the school. He explained the new ESSER II funds allocation the school will be receiving on a reimbursement basis starting in January of 2022 is based on the school’s 2020-2021 Title 1A percentage. An update was also given on the progress of James Freed’s demolition of two houses own by the school. It is to begin later this week. An update was given regarding OSBA’s recommended increase in the current school insurance rates which will be 6.5% more than last year. If we continue to fund the same employee plan it will cost district around $18,000 more in the 2022-22 budget. Dr. Yates continue to update the board on a recent meeting with Beth Vossler, the Executive Director for Head Start. Head Start has agreed to help pay for a parking lot improvement once the new Early Education Center is completed. Also, Dr. Yates updated the board on the progress toward new building plans with a survey of the grounds having been recently finished by Greg Maynard and the results sent to SAPP Designs to begin work on plans.

In new business, The Board of Education approved insurance rates for the 2021-22 school year based on the superintendent’s recommendation. The current employee plan will continue to be fully funded reflecting the 6.5% rate increase. The board then approved the amended 2020-21 school calendar to reflect weather changes to calendar and approved the school calendar for the 2021-22 school year.

Executive session included discussion of personnel and records protected from disclosure pursuant to R.S. Mo.610.021(3) and 610.021(13). Jeremie Akins was hired as high school Baseball coach and Shane Salmon was hired as high school Assistant Baseball coach. Joseph Venancio was hired as a Custodian.

Commendations were issued to:

1. Wal-Mart of Camdenton for donation of Hand Sanitizer.

2. Academic All-State Softball Players- Team GPA- 3.728

Taylor Copeland, Paris Yates, Grace Newman, Izzy Sabala, Kaity Whiteside, Megan Nickerson

3. FBLA DLC 2021 Award Winners

Bradley Forrest finished his term as District 13 Secretary and was elected District 13 President for 2021-22.

Hermitage had 3 district champions in 4 events; earned 5th place in Sweeps out of 23 schools; 12 of 13 competitors placed in the Top 5; 11 of 13 qualified for state in 15 events, 4 members qualified in multiple events.

Brayden Mantooth, 1st Journalism; 1st Spreadsheet Applications

Taylor Copeland, 1st Intro to FBLA

Izzy Sabala, 1st Computer Applications

4. Coach Shane Salmon and Assistant Coach Melissa Acker for their hard work coaching the Girls Basketball Team.

5. Coach Jeremie Akins and Assistant Coach Mark Sabala for their hard work coaching the Boys Basketball Team.

6. Tania Driskell for donating school supplies.